2013-03-19 Don Shannon presents "Revisiting the Nine Events of Instruction"
We are proud to have Don Shannon, expert in Instructional Design and Organizational Learning, tell us how technical communicators can use instructional design in our jobs.
Robert Gagne's book, The Conditions of Learning identified the mental conditions for learning, based on mental events that occur when adults are presented with various stimuli. Gagne proposed a 9-step model called "The Events of Instruction" which correlate with these conditions for learning.
We will begin by reviewing the internal learning process of the learner - the sequence of events that go on inside the learner's head. Then, we'll couple with those events the instructional methods an instructional designer can use to support the events in an optimal way. Finally, we'll see how to adapt those instructional methods to effectively support the learner in e-Learning.
Along the way, and by taking some side roads into brain research, we will try to answer three key questions:
- How does the brain naturally process information?
- What can instructional designers do more explicitly to optimize learning?
- What instructional methods work for e-Learning?"
We know you will find Don's information interesting and valuable.
Don is a learning professional with expertise in Instructional Design and Organizational Learning. He is passionate about design and how adults learn. He has a Doctorate from USC in CBT (Computer Based Training), is a Certified Instructional Designer from Robert Mager's and Ruth Clark's organizations, and is a Certified Flash Designer from Macromedia (now Adobe). Don has worked in the learning field for organizations such as FileNet and WaMu, and currently serves as Manager of Training and Design Technology at HireRight, Inc. in Irvine, CA.
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